Shovel Knight Update Brings Switch Version to 1080p

Sit back and admire the view.

Shovel Knight developers Yacht Club Games recently released a patch that includes several bug fixes and one major improvement - 1080p performance on the Nintendo Switch.

Prior to the update’s release, Shovel Knight maxed out at 720p when the Switch was in dock mode. Now, players can enjoy the game at a full 1080p when docked. Yacht Club Games offered up an overview on some of the things included in the latest Switch update:

  • Shovel Knight now outputs at a 1080p resolution when playing in docked mode.
  • Screen Scale video option only applied and available while playing in docked mode.
  • Screen Scale menu now appears for the first time that the game is started while in TV mode.

For Switch owners who’ve yet to pick up Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, the game is a classic 2D side-scrolling platformer featuring the game’s aptly named protagonist, Shovel Knight.

For those looking forward to the upcoming indie, Yooka-Laylee, you may be interested to know that Shovel Knight makes a brief cameo appearance on one of the game’s earlier levels.

Plus, if you’re a fan of retro-inspired games and are looking for another game to play on your Nintendo Switch (when you’re not playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild), you should definitely give Shovel Knight a try.

After all, you can now enjoy the game in full 1080p!

If you're looking to add a copy of Shovel Knight to your Nintendo Switch, be sure to head over to the Nintendo eShop. For other games to try on the Nintendo Switch, check out our latest reviews on The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + and Snake Pass.

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